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Judiciary Finance and Civil Law

TENTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 11, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA TENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION



JUDICIARY FINANCE AND CIVIL LAW MINUTES

Representative Jamie Becker-Finn, Chair of the Committee on Judiciary Finance and Civil Law, called the virtual meeting to order at 8:30 AM on February 11, 2021 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
Becker-Finn, Jamie, Chair
Moller, Kelly, Vice Chair
Scott, Peggy, Republican Lead
Feist, Sandra
Frazier, Cedrick
Grossell, Matt
Her, Kaohly
Hollins, Athena
Johnson, Brian
Liebling, Tina
Long, Jamie
Mortensen, Erik
Novotny, Paul
Pfarr, Brian
Robbins, Kristin
Vang, Samantha
Xiong, Tou


A quorum was present.

Representative Long moved that the minutes of February 9, 2021, be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Jeff Shorba, State Court Administrator, presented on the Judicial Branch’s budget request.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 441 be recommended to be laid over for possible inclusion in a future omnibus bill.

Representative J. Xiong presented HF 441, a bill for an act relating to human rights; adding a provision to the certificate of compliance provision in the Human Rights Act; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 363A.36, subdivision 3; 363A.44, subdivision 4.

Testifying on HF 441:
• Rebecca Lucero, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Rights

Chair Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF 441 be recommended to be laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Chair Becker-Finn moved that HF 9 be recommended to be re-referred to the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Representative Vang moved that the H0009A6 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Greenman presented HF 9 as amended, a bill for an act relating to elections; modifying provisions related to voter registration; absentee voting; establishing a system of early voting; eliminating a restriction on the number of voters an individual may assist on election day; modifying standards governing access to Help America Vote Act funds; regulating intimidation, deceptive practices, and interference with voter registration and voting; campaign finance; regulating small donor political committees and funds; establishing a small donor state match program; establishing a Democracy Dollar coupon program; exempting certain candidate expenditures from aggregate expenditure limits; repealing the political contribution refund program; repealing the campaign public subsidy program; providing principles and procedures related to redistricting of congressional and legislative districts; establishing a criminal penalty; requiring reports; appropriating money.

Testifying on HF 9:
• Sam Oliker-Friedland, Center for Secure and Modern Elections
• Stephanie Stoessel, Election Judge and chair of the St. Paul chapter of ISAIAH
• Jessica Velasco, Community Organizer, Unidos MN
• Sahro Abdullahi, Member, Muslim Coalition
• James Canaday, Deputy Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office

Chair Becker-Finn renewed the motion that HF 9 as amended be recommended to be re-referred to the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Chair Becker-Finn requested a roll call on HF 9 as amended.

AYES
Becker-Finn
Moller
Feist
Frazier
Her
Hollins
Liebling
Long
Vang
Xiong

NAYS
Scott
Grossell
Johnson
Mortensen
Novotny
Pfarr
Robbins


There being 10 ayes and 7 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Scott moved that HF 348 be recommended to be laid over for possible inclusion in a future omnibus bill.

Representative Scott moved that the A21-0008 amendment be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Scott presented HF 348 as amended, a bill for an act relating to family law; requiring the court to provide certain notices; modifying requirements for parent education program; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 518.157, subdivisions 1, 3.

Testifying on HF 348:
• Diane Anderson, former state representative, Minnesota House of Representatives
• Dr. Emily Becher, Applied Research and Evaluation Specialist, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development

Representative Scott renewed the motion that HF 348 as amended be recommended to be laid over for possible inclusion in a future omnibus bill.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:01 AM.







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Representative Jamie Becker-Finn, Chair


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Anna Borgerding, Committee Legislative Assistant


More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF9 (Greenman) - Omnibus elections bill.
  • HF441 (Xiong) - Human Rights Act certificate of compliance provision added.
  • HF348 (Scott) - Courts required to provide various custody notices, and parent education program requirements modified.
House TV Video:
View Archive

01:52 - Judicial Branch budget presentation.
11:07 - HF441 (Xiong, J.) Human Rights Act certificate of compliance provision added.
33:08 - **HF9 (Greenman) Elections; voter registration and absentee voting provisions modified, early voting system established, restriction on number of voters an individual may assist eliminated, Help America Vote Act fund governing standards modified, small donor state match program established, and money appropriated.
**The discussion of HF9 will be limited to the provisions relevant to the Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee's jurisdiction; the relevant provisions are: Article 1: Section 1; Section 11 [data]; Article 2 Section 1; Section 17; Section 17 & Section 36 [restore the vote]; Article 3: Section 2; Section 3 [civil enforcement and voter intimidation/deceptive practices]; Article 4: Section 5; Section 26 [civil penalties].
1:18:00 - HF348 (Scott) Courts required to provide various custody notices, and parent education program requirements modified.

Runs 1 hour, 32 minutes


This meeting is held in accordance to House Rule 10.01
https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/permrule.asp

1. Judicial Branch Budget Presentation
2. HF 441 (J. Xiong) Human Rights Act certificate of compliance provision added
3. HF 9 (Greenman) Democracy for the People Act [discussion will be limited to sections relevant to Judiciary/Civil law jurisdiction; see below for detailed article and section numbers]*
4. HF 348 (Scott) requiring the court to provide certain notices; modifying requirements for parent education program

*Please note, the discussion of HF 9 will be limited to the provisions relevant to the Judiciary Finance & Civil Law Committee's jurisdiction. The relevant provisions are: Article 1: Sec. 1; Sec. 11 [data]; Article 2 Sec. 1; Sec. 16; Sec. 17; Sec 35; Sec. 36 [restore the vote]; Article 3 Sec. 2; Sec. 3 [civil enforcement and voter intimidation/deceptive practices]; Art. 4 Sec. 5; Sec. 26 [civil penalties]*

**Agenda items may be added, deleted and/or taken in any order.

**If you are interested in providing written testimony, oral testimony, or a handout, please email the Committee Administrator and copy the Committee Legislative Assistant by 5 pm the day before the hearing to get instructions.

CA: Rachel.Ganani@house.mn
CLA: Anna.Borgerding@house.mn

This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp

NOTE: HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.

If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation, please contact Jenny Nash at: jenny.nash@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-4122. Please do not contact Jenny with questions about the substance of the meeting agenda. If you have questions regarding the substance of the agenda, please contact the Committee Administrator, Rachel Ganani.